Tying the Knot? Here are 3 Tips for Planning Your Special Day
Planning a wedding can seem like an overwhelming prospect. As such, it can be comforting to hear the sage advice of wedding professionals who know the industry inside and out and back to front.
In need of a better sense of direction to plan a day you’re sure to remember for years to come? Here are three pro tips for planning your special day.
1. It’s Never Too Soon to Book Your Dream Honeymoon
The sooner you book your honeymoon, the better. In fact, you don’t want to book your honeymoon any later than six months prior to jetting off to the exotic and romantic locale you’ve chosen to get away from it all. This is especially true if you’re hoping to secure the honeymoon suite in a popular resort. Unsurprisingly, these premium rooms book up quickly, so reserving it early is the only way to avoid disappointment.
With regard to planning the logistics, make sure to get extra specific about what you want out of this experience. For example, do you want to go somewhere famous for its gorgeous scenery? What types of activities do you want to enjoy while you’re away? Bottom line: Make sure you and your partner are on the same page. After all, what you might find relaxing might seem boring to your soon-to-be spouse, so spend some time talking through your dream vacation.
Say you’re unsure about where you want to travel and what you want to experience. For many newlyweds, kicking back in the tropical Caribbean islands or vacationing in various European cities may serve as their ideal setting. But perhaps you want to kick back and enjoy an all-inclusive cruise to Alaska. If that’s the case, start by Googling phrases like “best Alaska cruise” or “best places to visit in Alaska.” From there, you’ll quickly find some ideas and inspiration.
2. Do a Credit Check
It’s no secret weddings are expensive. Knowing this, make it a priority to run a credit check and sign up for a credit card boasting an impressive rewards program. Ideally, you want to take advantage of a deal that swallows some of the expenses of your wedding.
For instance, to rack up airline miles in a hurry before your wedding day, go with a credit card tied to airline loyalty programs and rewards. Needless to say, this could come in handy when booking your honeymoon. Alternatively, other credit card companies offer shopping deals. Thus, you may find signing up for these credit cards helps you purchase other wedding-related necessities.
3. Prepare for Declined Invitations
Rejection can be an awkward subject to discuss. Whether it’s related to a breakup or turning down a wedding invite, it can be difficult to take the emotion out of it all. However, know that not everyone will be able to attend your wedding for various reasons. As one of the most exciting and special days of your life, it’s not uncommon for you to want your friends and family to make your wedding a priority.
But as a general rule, know that roughly 10 percent to 20 percent of people on your guest list won’t be able to attend your wedding. Certainly, that percentage could increase if you’re planning a destination wedding that’s difficult for guests to afford from the standpoint of air travel and accommodations.
There are other factors to consider, too, like whether invited guests may have already made vacation plans. So, be realistic about how feasible it is for people to make your special day and prepare yourself accordingly.
Ready to Start Organizing the Wedding of Your Dreams?
Feel a bit more inspired about how to plan your big day? We certainly hope so. While we’re talking “till death do us part” here, try not to feel overwhelmed or confuse yourself with planning your wedding. Things will no doubt feel a tad stressful and out of your control at times. But by sticking to the above advice, you should feel more at ease and ready to enjoy the one of the most special days of your life.